Friday, May 6, 2011


Photo of San Diego zoo resident deep in thought by flickr user D. Hilgart

Where do you think human empathy came from?

"Where everything started for me was maternal care. It’s advantageous for female mammals to be sensitive to the mood states of their offspring, so they react when their offspring are distressed or in danger.That also explains why empathy
is more developed in females than males in many species, including humans.
From there it spread to other areas of social life. It’s contagious:
if you have a cooperative society,
you need to be concerned about the well-being of those you depend on."

 Read The Interview


"It may seem strange that humans have evolved from fish,
but the evidence can be found not just in fossils,
but also within our own bodies"


Washington Post op-ed on atheism by Gregory Paul and Phil Zuckerman 
makes the point that while atheists,
in many respects, are actually more ethical than people of faith,
they still face distrust and criticism.

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